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Why, yes. Yes, there is a free audio summary of the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.
If you don’t know, 48 Laws of Power is Robert Greene’s classic book on manipulation and deception. Which seem more relevant than ever right now.
You can learn the fast way and you can listen to the summary right here. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
This summary comes from the Ki Book Club of which I am both a user and an affiliate. If you join using my link I’ll make a couple of dollars.
Otherwise, if you’re interested but don’t have 20 minutes to listen right now, here are a few choice titbits with my own Coronavirus COVID-19 spin.
Law 2: Never rely too much on friends, learn to use enemies:
- What are your enemies saying about Covid-19?
- Can you compare this to what your friends are saying?
- What are the differences and why?
- Who are the scapegoats?
- Who is about to throw who under the bus?3
Law 4: Always say less than necessary
- Predictions don’t often age well as many are finding out right now
- The more you say about the Coronavirus the greater the risk that you’ll say something stupid
- Can you sit tight right now and listen more and talk less?
Law 6: Court attention at all costs
- Have a think about who is courting attention right now when it comes to the pandemic
- Whatever your strategy for getting through this, keep some of your cards to yourself
- Avoid scandal and ruin and at least the appearance of deceit
And my favourite in this context…
Law 26: Keep your hands clean
- This one goes without saying, but wash often with soap and dry your hands afterwards
- Or use hand sanitizer if you can find any
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Further thoughts on Law 2 from the 48 Laws of Power
It goes without saying that one should never rely too much on friends, because of the obvious risk of betrayal. However, I believe that it is not possible to completely avoid relying on others entirely.
It is impossible for one person to perform every task that needs doing without the help of others. Even if by some miracle an individual was able to accomplish everything on their own, they would be completely isolated and alone, unable to enjoy any sort of social interaction with others.
However, there is indeed a very real need to balance the risk of relying too much on friends by appointing certain people as ‘enemies’. Enemies are those who are not friends. By understanding one’s enemies, it becomes possible to plan and prepare for their actions with some certainty.
One can never know for certain what an enemy will do, but it is possible to speculate. This means that one must take action in response to these speculations. For example, if enemies are known for being deceitful, then one should always be on their guard against further deception.
And so, by understanding the nature of enemies, one can take certain precautions to protect oneself. This allows for a more stable and safe interaction with other people. It is also possible for an individual to use their own enemies as friends.
For example, if an enemy is known for being a skilled warrior, one can appoint them as a bodyguard. Meanwhile, the bodyguard is also able to take precautions against betrayal by their employer.